The Bride and the Beast - Teresa Medeiros 2.5 stars. Cute enough, but not memorable. The story started off pretty slow, and the "mystery" of the Dragon's identity grew tiresome and contrived after a while. I thought it got better in the second half, though, after the Dragon is revealed and they start working towards a relationship without the deception. Once his identity comes to light, the romance is rather sweet, but it seems like some of the conflict is manufactured as they both struggle with their respective issues with the attraction. The suspense subplot unfolds rather predictably, too. Some of the secondary characters were well done (I particularly liked Izzy, the maid), but almost all of the villagers seemed like caricatures of ignorant country bumpkins. This was a decent read, but nothing special.